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Fed chairman faces his biggest test yet

CNN - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:32
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will face his most serious test in the job yet when he speaks Friday at the annual economic powwow in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is facing tremendous political pressure from President Donald Trump, and expectations from many investors, to deliver more rate cuts.

Strong winds sweep restaurant employees off their feet during storm

CNN - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:27
Zach Balogh and his roommate were sitting in their living room in Clemson, South Carolina, as winds started to howl when they heard the piercing beeps and buzzes of storm alerts.

WSJ: MLB to block players from playing in Venezuelan league due to embargo

CNN - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:27
Major League Baseball will not allow its players to play in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League this coming winter while determining how to follow the Trump administration's new economic sanctions on Venezuela, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing several people familiar with the matter.

Democrats to Union Members: The Economy Is Failing You

NY Times - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:24
Bernie Sanders rolled out a plan for organized labor as more than a dozen Democratic candidates pitched themselves to workers in Iowa.

Bernie Sanders’s ‘Green New Deal’: A $16 Trillion Climate Plan

NY Times - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:24
Mr. Sanders’s climate change proposal calls for the United States to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2050. “We must be extraordinarily aggressive,” he said in an interview.

Mental Health Experts Warn About Impacts New Regulations Could Have On Migrant Children

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:19

The Trump administration's regulation allows the longterm detention of migrant children. But immigration and health experts warn this could have devastating impacts on the children's mental health.

New York man crushed to death by elevator

CNN - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:18
A 30-year-old man was crushed to death by a elevator at a New York high-rise on Thursday, police said.

Immigration Attorney Discusses Challenges To Trump's Migrant Detainment Regulations

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:17

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with lawyer Holly Cooper, who is challenging the Trump administration's new regulations that would allow families with migrant children to be held in detention indefinitely.

Watch bison slam into tourist's rental car

CNN - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:14
A group of tourists at Yellowstone National Park got a close view of a bison stampede. Unfortunately for their rental car, it was a little too close.

Trump Administration Releases Final Text For New Migrant Detainment Regulations

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:14

On Thursday, the Trump administration released the final text of proposed regulations that would allow the government to detain migrant children and families indefinitely.

Trump court pick denounced feminists and gay-rights groups in editorials

CNN - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:13
A White House aide nominated by President Donald Trump for a federal appeals court seat has a history of denouncing women's marches against sexual assault, dismissing education about multicultural awareness and accusing a major LGBTQ group of exploiting the brutal murder of a gay student for political ends.

GSA official had sex with White House staffer on agency's roof, watchdog report says

CNN - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:08
A former top-ranking General Services Administration manager admitted to having sex on the roof of the agency's headquarters building and drinking alcohol in the office, according to an inspector general report made public this week.

Mark Sanford calls Iowa 'the Buckeye state'

CNN - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:02
Former Rep. Mark Sanford might be weighing getting into the presidential race but he has some key nicknames to keep track of in the meantime.

Bose Announces AirPlay 2-Equipped Portable Home Speaker

MacRumors - Thu, 2019-08-22 15:59
Bose today announced the launch of a new speaker, the Bose Portable Home Speaker, which is designed to work with Apple's AirPlay 2 protocol.

The Bluetooth-enabled Portable Home Speaker is designed to be compact, and it's got a rather HomePod-like design with a cylindrical body that features speaker mesh at the bottom and an aluminum shell at the top to deliver 360 degree sound. It measures in at 7.5 inches high and 4 inches across.

The Portable Home Speaker has a handle so you can move it from room to room, and it weighs just 2.3 pounds. There's also a built-in battery with 12 hours of battery life, so it can go where you go. It has an IPX4 water resistance rating, so it can survive minor spills and splashes of rain.

Bose says that the Portable Home Speaker delivers deeper bass than any other portable speaker in its size. With Bluetooth, you can stream music from your phone or tablet while on the go, and while at home, you can use AirPlay 2, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa.

With AirPlay 2 support, you can play any music you like from an iOS device, and it can be paired up with other AirPlay 2-enabled speakers for a whole home audio experience. You can also pair it up with other Bose products using the Bose Music app.

Buttons on the top of the Portable Home Speaker allow manual control over power, volume, play/pause, and skipping tracks, plus there is a proprietary privacy-focused "mic-off" feature that disables power to the microphone so you can make sure you're not being recorded.

Inside, the speaker features three passive radiators, a high-excursion driver, and what Bose says is a proprietary deflector to distribute "clear, lifelike sound evenly in every direction."

Bose's new Portable Home Speaker is priced at $349, which is what Apple used to charge for the HomePod before dropping the price down to $299 earlier this year. It will be available for purchase starting on September 19.

This article, "Bose Announces AirPlay 2-Equipped Portable Home Speaker" first appeared on MacRumors.com

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Rion Amilcar Scott Returns To Cross River In 'The World Doesn't Require You'

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2019-08-22 15:58

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with author Rion Amilcar Scott about his new collection of short stories entitled, The World Doesn't Require You.

Why politicians don't want you to think about the national debt this year

CNN - Thu, 2019-08-22 15:53
Deficits? Debt? They're massive. Who cares?! Political candidates don't. At least not this year.

Fires are raging in the Amazon forest. Here's how you can help slow all rainforest loss

CNN - Thu, 2019-08-22 15:51
The Amazon, the largest rainforest in the world, roughly half the size of the United States, is key to the health of the entire planet. Its trees produce an estimated 20% of the world's oxygen, while putting an enormous amount of water into the atmosphere at a time when cities are drying up. The Amazon is sucking in carbon and greenhouse gases while slowing the rising temperatures. But it's now burning at a record rate -- with images from space showing the smoke covering much of Brazil.
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